Schools check in on Walker
Three-star point guard C.J. Walker is one of the biggest winners in the class of 2016 in Indiana. With a state title at Indianapolis (Ind.) Arsenal Tech under his belt and a lot of success on the AAU circuit, Walker is attracting numerous coaches to his open gyms. Last year Walker was the third option on his team behind five-star Trey Lyles and three-star Jeremie Tyler, but now this year he knows he has to assume the role of go-to player and leader. “The workouts for this year are kind of different,” said Walker. “We have a lot of inexperienced players and transfers. We are getting guys into the mode of how hard we work. Coach (Jason) Delaney and I, we know what it takes to win a title, and that is what we are looking to do.” He continued, “I know I have to look to score more this year, and continue to work hard and take on more of a leadership role. I know that is the biggest thing for me.” So far a lot of schools have dropped in to see Walker and his teammates during workouts. “So far Xavier, South Florida, IUPUI, Bowling Green, Butler, and Purdue have been by for open gym, and those are the main schools I have been talking to,” said Walker. The most recent offer for Walker came from Purdue, and he was thrilled to get it. “It was exciting to get an offer from Purdue,” noted Walker. “They have been recruiting me for a long time and we have built a close relationship. It was real exciting, and they are a good school with good academics that plays in the Big Ten, so that is good.” Also the in-state Butler Bulldogs have made Walker a priority and continue to show him a lot of attention. “Butler has been recruiting me since freshman year and I have seen them a lot and talked to them a lot, so it was kind of cool,” explained Walker. “They are close to home and a great school academically in the Big East, so I was real excited to get an offer from them and it is a school I am really looking at.” One school that hasn’t yet offered but remains in close contact is Xavier. About Xavier, Walker said, “My conversations with Xavier have been good. We are building a close relationship, and we talk about what I can improve on, and how I would fit in if I went to Xavier.” At this point Walker doesn’t plan on making an early decision, and says he is focused on accomplishing some big goals this year. “This year I want to be an Indiana All-Star and become a better overall player who improves in scoring and rebounding, and of course I want to win another title,” said Walker.
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